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dysyn

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Hi,

I'll be upgrading from my 13 inch MacBook Pro. I can get a brand new Mid 2019 i9 15.4 MacBook Pro 2.3 8-core, 16GB RAM, 512 SSD, 560X for $1999 or a base model Late 2019 16 inch i7 6-core, 512 SSD, 5300M for $2199. Which do you think is the better buy from a price to performance perspective? I'm not concerned with the keyboard issues since I have a 13 inch with the butterfly keys and have never had an issue.
 

Quu

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16" is better, simple as that.

Faster GPU (even beats the Vega 20 let alone the 560X) and it has better cooling allowing the CPU to run at higher clock speeds and for longer durations. I want to add some of the reviews I saw said the 8 core on the 15" was a bad buy because its poor cooling meant the 6 core sometimes outperformed it.
 
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dysyn

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Thanks for the response. From my research it seemed the cooling was a big issue with the 2018s and really affected performance, but that there was a significant performance difference between the 8-core and 6-core in the mid-2019s. Any other opinions?
 
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waquzy

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Get the 16” one, as there is only $200 price difference, you will get a bigger battery, better keyboard and better cooling. Not to mention higher resale value.
 
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dysyn

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Thanks for the input. Outside of graphics performance, which I don't really care about for my purposes, will the Late 2019 i7 6-core 2019 outperform the Mid 2019 i9 8-core? As mentioned earlier, I can get the Mid 2019 8-core brand new for $1999.
 
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redheeler

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The extra cores should theoretically result in better CPU performance with the 15" i9, but the 16" i7 has a better cooling system for sustained loads. Some quick research yielded this comparison:

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Verdict: Get the 16" i7.
 
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dysyn

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That's not the comparison I'm looking for. He is comparing his i9-core 15 inch 2018 model to the i7 16 inch 2019. I want to know whether the Mid 2019 i9 8-Core model is a better purchase than the Late 2019 i7 6-core model since I can get the Mid 2019 8-core model for $200 less than the Late 2019 6-core model new. Again, I don't care about graphics performance. Anyone have both of these models or has experience between the two?
 
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Macshroomer

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Just get the 16", if you even need a Mac Book Pro at all which I suspect is not the case.
 
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redheeler

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That's not the comparison I'm looking for. He is comparing his i9-core 15 inch 2018 model to the i7 16 inch 2019. I want to know whether the Mid 2019 i9 8-Core model is a better purchase than the Late 2019 i7 6-core model since I can get the Mid 2019 8-core model for $200 less than the Late 2019 6-core model new. Again, I don't care about graphics performance. Anyone have both of these models or has experience between the two?
My bad, I missed that his is a 2018 and not a 2019. My verdict is still the same, however. The 16" i7 has a better cooling system for sustained loads than the 15" i9, and there are plenty of other benefits such as the more reliable keyboard, larger display, better battery life, etc.
 
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dysyn

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Thanks for the response, however the mystery here for me is that all the reviews of the Mid 2019 2.3 8-core indicated no thermal throttling and praised the processor over the the i7 model. I don't really care about video editing performance, the keyboard (never had an issue), or resale value. I'll mainly be using this for music production and programming. In these areas is the 16 inch Late 2019 i7 6-core really better than the 15.4 inch Mid 2019 i9 8-core?
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workerbee

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I really hope someone will be able to answer the OPs question, as it is something I‘m thinking about often as well.

in my case, the 15“ is attractive mainly because its is smaller, thinner as well as lighter than my MBP, whereas the 16“ is almost indistinguishable.

(in the end I‘ll almost certainly get a 16“ anyway, but don’t we all really love to think long and hard about things here?)
 
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